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Written by: Brittany Anthony
Wednesday August 10, 2016

  • What: Bassett Family Practice Second Annual Open House 
  • Where: Bassett Family Practice, 324 TB Stanley Hwy, Bassett, VA 24055
  • When: Thursday, August, 11, 2016, 5:00 PM - 7:00 PM
  • Details: Come by Bassett Family Practice during Open House to learn more about the facility, health screenings, light refreshments, children's activities and MORE!
Bassett, VA - August 10, 2016 - During National Health Center Week, Bassett Family Practice is joining community health centers and health advocates on the national campaign to raise public awareness about the mission and accomplishments of America's Health Center over the course of more than five decades. This year's theme for National Health Center Week 2016 (NHCW) is "Celebrating America's Health Centers: Innovators in Community Health". To celebrate, Bassett Family Practice is hosting their Second Annual Open House event, which will be free and open to the public.

One of the bright spots in America's healthcare system, health centers started over 50 years ago as a pilot project during President Lyndon Johnson's War on Poverty. Today, they have compiled a significant record of success that includes:

• Producing $24 billion in annual health system savings
• Reducing unnecessary hospitalizations and unnecessary visits to the emergency room 
• Treating patients for a fraction of the average cost of one emergency room visit
• Maintaining patient satisfaction levels of nearly 100 percent
• Generating $26.5 billion in economic activity and over 230,000 jobs

Health centers not only prevent illness and foster wellness in the most challenging populations; they also produce innovative solutions to the most pressing healthcare issues in their communities, some of which include nutrition education, translation services, care coordination and case management and a sliding fee scale. Community health centers tailor the services they provide to meet the specific needs of their communities.

There are NHCW events scheduled across the country, including health fairs, Open Houses, visits by Members of Congress and state officials to local health centers, press conferences, back-to-school drives, community breakfasts, patient appreciation events, free health screenings and dental cleanings, and much more.

"We are very excited to open our doors to the community for our Open House, so that we can educate individuals about the health care services that we offer, along with solutions to barriers they may be facing that prevents them from receiving the care they need as part of their overall health and wellness", said Sarah Bowman, Practice Manager.

In addition to educational materials, there will also be free health screenings and tours of the facility offered, the opportunity to get up close to a police car, a firetruck, an ambulance and the Martinsville Speedway Pace Car, a Teddy Bear Clinic for children to bring their own teddy bear to for an exam, face painting, refreshments provided by Subway and Walgreens and MORE!

To learn more about NHCW and the listing of events please visit:
You can also follow the conversation using #NHCW16 or #CHCsInnovate on Facebook.

Bassett Family Practice is a Federally Qualified Health Center (FQHC) that is part of the Martinsville-Henry County Coalition for Health and Wellness. Bassett Family Practice is committed to providing comprehensive, primary health care services to medically underserved residents of Martinsville and Henry County as well as the neighboring areas of Patrick and Franklin Counties, regardless of the patient's ability to pay. Insured patients are also welcome at the clinic. The practice also offers appointments for common sicknesses, such as colds, children's health services, comprehensive physical exams, chronic disease management, lab services, integrated behavioral health services, coordination of patient care through referrals to healthcare specialists, help in getting medications that patients may not be able to otherwise afford. For more information or to schedule an appointment at Bassett Family Practice, please call Bassett Family Practice at 276-629-1076.

The Martinsville-Henry County Coalition for Health and Wellness is committed to reducing health risk factors and providing access to medical and primary health services at Bassett Family Practice, primarily for the uninsured and underserved in the Martinsville-Henry County area. The Martinsville-Henry County Coalition for Health and Wellness also offers medication assistance, chronic disease self-management, aerobics, other fitness classes, and care coordination to its patients and local residents. Operations began in April 2005, funded by a five-year, $4.5 million grant from The Harvest Foundation.


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